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Q: Does washing and peeling produce get rid of pesticides? 

A: Washing fruits and vegetables does not eliminate pesticides, but it can reduce amount of chemicals found on the surface of the produce. Peeling can also help eliminate pesticides, but you also lose valuable nutrients found in the skin of produce. My best advice is to buy organic fruits and vegetables when possible. 

Q: What are some tips for keeping the cost of organic food within my budget? 

A: Organic food is oftentimes more expensive compared to conventionally grown food. A few strategies to help manage your budget include: 

  • Shop your local farmer’s market. Weekly farmer’s markets are great resources for organically grown food, usually at a fraction of the grocery store price.  
  • Buy in season. Get to know local frowers or the produce manager at your grocery store. Find out when and what seasonal produce is being delivered.  
  • Join a food co-op. Co-ops typically offer lower prices to members, who pay an annual fee to belong.  
  • Shop around. Compare prices and scan the weekly grocery store ads. Your best price might even be found in the freezer aisle.  

Compiled by the non-profit Environmental Working Group,The Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce is a directory of the 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables that are the most contaminated with pesticides. The guide also lists the 15 fruits and vegetables that are consistently lowest in pesticide levels.

The Dirty list:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

 The Clean list:

  1. Avocados
  2. Pineapples
  3. Cabbage
  4. Onions
  5. Sweet Corn
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit


About GMOs 

Some sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops to avoid genetically modified produce. 

Please remember your health is your own responsibility. Nothing here is to be construed as medical advice. This information is not meant to replace the guidance offered by your health practitioner.